Rich London, author of A Handbook for Life, and one of the most positive and friendly guys who I’ve met recently, was my guest on this show. Rich is an individual living with Parkinson’s disease, a cancer survivor, and more importantly a successful businessman, a licensed commercial airplane pilot, and a third degree black belt.
Rich joined me in the studio for the entire show, and was joined by Heather Hammond, the Program Manager for the Parknoson Association of the Carolinas. What a treat this was to listen to Rich paint his personal picture of perseverance. As Rich tells it, “…life is a test. It’s a test of perseverance, a test of faith and a test of will. I’ve decided to pass the test.”
I know that you’ll enjoy listening to Rich London and Heather Hammond on this edition of Radio 4 the Ages- clearly one of the most enjoyable and inspirational shows that I’ve done so far!
Thanks for listening, and for being a part of my journey!
Today we focused our show’s discussion on care giving, and the needs of those giving care! Laurie Chrisalli and Barbara Hearne joined me in the studio. Laurie is the Life Enrichment and Community Relations Coordinator and Barbara is the Program Director. Both Laurie and Barbara have many years of experience working in the senior living environment, focusing on those individuals who have some form of cognitive processing difficulties (dementia).
Sardis Gardens Adult Day and Health Care Center is a new facility on the brink of opening in the south Charlotte, NC area. Sardis Gardens is a continuation of the vision of Dr. M. Reza Bolouri, M.D., the founder of the Alzheimer’s Memory Center in Charlotte. Dr. Bolouri called into the show to share his personal vision for this exciting new facility, designed to provide the best care possible for your aging loved one who needs care during the day while you are at work on otherwise committed to other tasks.
Sardis Gardens staff can be reached at 704-364-3660.
Thanks for listening, and for being a part of my mission to improve the quality of life for all of our senior adults by facilitating their ability to stay informed, involved, active and listened to.
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I was fortunate to be asked to participate in a wonderful event at the Carriage Club in Charlotte, part of the Brookdale Senior Living group of communities in the Charlotte area. ‘Give Thanks while Giving Back’ was an opportunity for many concerned individuals in the community to deliver 300 Thanksgiving meals to senior adults who might otherwise not have a holiday meal! I interviewed the Director of Dining Services, Frank Halasz, who along with his team, prepared the gourmet meals. I also had the chance to speak with the Executive Director of the Carriage Club, Greg Cunningham, Courtney Nagy, the regional marketing director for Brookdale, and finally, Moose Muhammad, retired NFL player. Moose was there with his spouse and several of his children to help deliver the meals in our community.
Thanks to Amy Curtis and Tracy McGinnis for inviting Radio 4 the Ages to be there to share in the joy.
Brooke Bauer and Faye Greiner, both members of the Catawba Indian Nation were my special guests in the studio on November 16th. This was fitting as November is Native American Month.
Brooke is working on her PhD in Colonial U.S. History, 1740-1840, with a focus on Catawba Indian women. Faye is a crafter, who is skilled at pottery and basket making. We explored the cultural and historical aspects of the Catawba Nation. I particularly loved the legend of the Yehasuri. These mythical creatures are approximately two foot tall ‘little Indians’, who were used by the Catawba parents to keep their young ones ‘in line’. You can laugh right along with me as Faye Greiner describes exactly how Catawba Moms an Dads put the fear of the Yehasuri into the minds of their little mischievous ones.
We also discussed the lifestyle and medical concerns of American Indians, the small percentage of the 65+ population of American Indians. Poverty and poor health go hand in hand on the reservation, just as in most of America. This program, hopefully like most Radio 4 the Ages offerings, hopes to entertain, educate and provoke thought in our audience.
This was the first, and I hope not the last time, that we explore the history of American Indians on Radio 4 the Ages. My sincere thanks to my wonderful guests, Brooke Bauer and Faye Greiner.
Today’s show was dedicated to all of our US Military Service Men and Women. John Falkenbury, president of North Carolina USO was in the studio, along with Chris Terry, USMC retired. John is a 20 year veteran of the US Army, and both John and Chris have a background in the senior living world.
We discussed the challenges of military service and how that training and skill set is an asset in the administration of nursing home and assisted living communities. It’s about team work, dedication, and caring for both those under your ‘command’ and in your care.
My oldest son, David Howard, who is a Major in the US Air Force called in and shared his thoughts about military service. David is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology and Air Force R.O.T.C. .
Emily Garcia, my board op for this show is a Navy ‘brat’, and along with my Assistant Producer Sheila, they offered a few thoughts as well on this special show for and about our dedicated and most appreciated US Service Men and Women.
Thank you all for your service!